Small Change 2019

Small Change
Norlane VIC 3214
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10am - 4pm
House Open Style
Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
Entry fee or Donation
$5 per ticket (chlildren under 12 free)
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Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Small Change Design and Construction
Small Change Design and Construction
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

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Small Change Design and Construction, has developed a number of standard designs for small homes, the Norlane house being an example of her ‘XS Quark’ model customised, to suit the block. She has built another one next door to her own home.
Walking into the house, an entry space opens into a bright kitchen/living room area. There’s a study nook at the extension of the entry, facing the bedroom which has a built-in robe. A bathroom and laundry are tucked into the south-west corner of the house. To create room for storage, the house has a loft perched above the kitchen, accessed by a ladder.

The tiny size of the dwelling is belied by the generous feeling of space created by the high vaulted ceilings of a steep, gabled roof made of Custom Orb steel, and it is the combination of clever design and size (and consequently low embodied energy) that makes the home most appealing from a sustainability point of view.

A north-facing orientation, polished concrete waffle pod slab and double-glazed windows with thermally improved aluminium frames provide the passive solar credentials. Two ceiling fans are used to move air around and a split system air-conditioner is in position to heat and cool as needed. “The house is very stable temperature-wise,” Sally says.

But it is the home’s tiny size that remains its raison d’être and most outstanding feature. There is a growing interest in tiny houses in Victoria in recent years, largely due to the unaffordability of larger, more standard housing, and granny flats are starting to be more common in major cities in Australia. Tiny houses recommend themselves strongly on sustainability, she says, in both reducing energy bills for homeowners and greenhouse gas emissions through less embodied energy.

This home is an example of comfortable and practical, sustainable living that can appeal to many. It represents the meeting of canny, green design and affordability. “With the very high vaulted ceilings it feels surprisingly grand,” Sally says. “It actually feels huge, like the Tardis.”

Designed by Sally Wills of Small Change Design and Construction

Read the full article written about this home in Sanctuary S43


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.




Years Open
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
James Hardie Scyon Axon cladding
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Sustainable materials
One-bedroom house designed to minimise material wastage and promote compact living
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Sisalation blanket R1.3 plus Earthwool insulation R4.0 in raked roof space
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cross flow ventilation
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Size: 1000L
Low flow taps